Thai Bearcat at Chino

Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby Mike on Wed 28 Oct 2009, 10:17 pm

Rod Lewis' latest Bearcat (his 4th!) airborne from Chino in the hands of Steve Hinton. Recently completed, it has been painted in the markings of the Thai AF, one of 3 overseas operators of the type (the others being the French and South Vietnamese AFs). My thanks go to Steve for flying it for the photo shoot, and to Jeff Pearson for flying his Cessna 190 as camera plane.

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Seen here as part of a 5-Bearcat formation at this year's Chino airshow in May

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The same aircraft under restoration by Fighter Rebuilders ar Chino a couple of years back

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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby Lomcevak26 on Wed 28 Oct 2009, 10:29 pm

Delicious with a capital 'D'! Fantastic shots of a gorgeous aircraft!

Gotta be a Photo of the Week in there...

Edit - Five Bearcats! Holy smoke!
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby Wes_Howes on Wed 28 Oct 2009, 11:02 pm

She is a stunner, and great air-to-air shots too! :clap:
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby SuffolkBlue on Wed 28 Oct 2009, 11:26 pm

Wow!! What a looker....and 5 Bearcats!! :shock: :clap:

Great shots :rock:
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby foxfour on Thu 29 Oct 2009, 12:59 am

blakey wrote:They're great photos thats for sure...but theres something un natural about the pilot looking at the camera in every pic


Nothing un-natural about not wanting a mid-air collision with another aircraft in very close proximity! Excellent air to air shots BTW.
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby Mike on Thu 29 Oct 2009, 2:59 am

blakey wrote:They're great photos thats for sure...but theres something un natural about the pilot looking at the camera in every pic

Personally, I'm VERY glad Steve was looking at us. If you look at the second shot, it was taken with a 17-40mm lens at at 17mm - he had his wing tucked right under the Cessna's high wing. And that was AFTER we'd waved him out a bit as he was too close to get the whole aircraft in even at 17mm! :shock:
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby NeilH68 on Thu 29 Oct 2009, 8:36 am

Great shots...and WOW, 5 Bearcats! Now that would be fantastic to see
Have camera again...Canon DSLR
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby lanemiker on Thu 29 Oct 2009, 7:52 pm

Great Shots Mike!!! Steve and all the folks there at Fighter Rebuilders do a fantastic job with their restorations .

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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby F-86 on Thu 29 Oct 2009, 8:00 pm

Great set Mike, nice looking Bearcat too. :clap: :clap:
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby HuwJHopkins on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 2:19 pm

Wow, just stunning photos :clap: What amazing backdrops too!
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Re: Thai Bearcat at Chino

Postby T_J on Fri 30 Oct 2009, 10:28 pm

Lovely work, Mike. The Bearcat looks great!

:clap: :clap:

TJ
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